Eddie Vedder: Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs elicited a modicum of push-back after its initial 2011 release.

As expounded below:

Hipsters believed hipsters were taking the humble ukulele too mainstream.

This declaration led to a denunciation by hipster-hating-hipsters of pro-establishment-hipsters as a scourge on the earth and a simultaneous & cantankerous selloff of Keim-style DaSilva Mahogany Custom Concert Ukes on Craigslist for upwards of $2,275.00.

Not to be outdone, the gorgeous specimen ukes were quickly purchased by up-and-coming-neo-hipsters in effect declaring the dead trend officially resurrected.

Of course, during the fire-sale, remorseful and cash-flush proto-hipsters noticed the exquisite, hand-painted, Felix the Cat Banjo-Uke and determined that a one-of-a-kind, vintage, “Banjo-Ukulele” is completely singular and therefore impervious to the ebb of elitist musical trends, swiftly purchasing the instrument for $5,695.00 and hanging it abreast of their 1903 Anthony & Scovill Lunchbox Camera.

I think the album is pretty good.

My favorite track on Ukulele Songs is The Jerk inspired Tonight You Belong To Me duet with Cat Power: It is beautiful and charming.

The ukulele requires of it’s instrumentalist a certain clarity and, true-to-form, Vedder’s melodies are simple and pure, shunning overdubbed effects on the majority of tracks; his gravelly voice, the innocent uke’s consummate foil.

Enjoy.

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  1. Eddie’s voice gets to me, but I love the unique use of the uke in his songs. I was expecting to feel hawaiian, and ended up feeling rocked!

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  2. Nice example of hipsters hating on hipsters. But hipolitics aside, Eddie Vedder was phenomenal in concert (but thank god he wasn’t only on uke for 3 hours – he played something of everything). But to be honest, duets with Glen Hansard (and Hansard’s cover of Astral Weeks) was just as awesome.

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